“The Black Panther Party (BPP) embodied this new mixture of cultural and political rebellion. Varda would often travel from Los Angeles to Oakland, filming Black Panther meetings and demonstrations with a 16mm camera borrowed from student activists at the University of California, Berkeley.
Agnès Varda (1928-2019) was a Belgian-born French filmmaker, photographer and visual artist. She was close to the nouvelle vague, and she’s known for her films La pointe courte (1955), Cléo de 5 à 7 (1962), Sans toit ni loi (1985), which won a Golden Lion in Venice, Jacquot de Nantes (1991), Les glaneurs et la glaneuse (2000), Deux ans après (2002), Les plages d’Agnès (2008) and Visages, villages (2017), among others. Her work was awarded a César d’honneur in 2001, the René Clair Prize of the French Academy in 2002, a Palme d’honneur at the Cannes Festival in 2015, an Academy Honorary Award in 2017 and the Berlinale Kamera at the Berlin Film Festival in 2019.